Moths of the Amazon
Crocomela colorata splendida, Satipo,
There are currently estimated to be 31 species in the genus
Crocomela, most of which feature an
orange band or patch on the forewings, and a metallic blue basal
area. The majority of species in this genus are restricted to the
Andes, with the highest diversity of species being found in Ecuador.
Crocomela colorata is the most
widespread species, being found from Colombia to Peru.
The subspecies depicted is
Crocomela colorata splendida - a fitting name for such a
Some workers, e.g.
Beccaloni, regard splendida (
) as a separate species, rather than as a subspecies of
This species appears to be restricted to the eastern slopes of the
Andes, at altitudes between about 700-1800m.
To be completed.
adults are strongly attracted to the flowers of